This book is important because it states in simple and easy to understand terms the hows and whys of addiction and the dangerous properties of variousThis book is important because it states in simple and easy to understand terms the hows and whys of addiction and the dangerous properties of various drugs. I liked it and would recommend it for a short flight....more
What I read in this book is not surprising, but it is utterly enraging. I am absolutely paralyzed by rage. As this book says, there are two sets of laWhat I read in this book is not surprising, but it is utterly enraging. I am absolutely paralyzed by rage. As this book says, there are two sets of laws: the written and the not written. The written laws are worthless and not applicable, unless you break any of the unwritten ones. Once you break the not written laws, then the written laws will be applied to you with fierce and vengeance. For example, a not written law is "you must not be poor, black, and live in a depressed neighborhood" because if you do, then the written law of "you must not stand up on the street (say reading a text from your phone) blocking other pedestrians walking path" will be applied to you, and if a policeman feels like taking you to the station and opening a case on you only for being standing up reading your text, they can. On the other hand, if you do not break the "not be poor and black" rule, and you are a blond, blue eyed, tall elegant woman standing up in the middle of the street feeding your little pomeranian, or giving an interview... well, then... the not blocking the street law does not apply to you. That is so wrong! The blonde and the african american should have the same rights to be on the street, but they don't.
There was another story about a very bad man called Cohen. He is a billionaire. He makes about 1 billion a year, and he likes to gamble hard. He placed a bet that a little company in Canada -Fairfax- would go bankrupt, and he was wrong, and lost $70 million. Big deal for someone who makes a billion a year and buys $150 million Picassos for fun. Anyway, this Cohen element was so mad that Fairfax did not go bankrupt, that he used all his economic might to destroy the CEO of that company. There are email messages out there written by Cohen, asking to have the CEO of Fairfax committed to prison and preferably in the worst facilities where he would be raped and tortured. There are emails asking to harass his wife so they have a nasty divorce; there are instructions for journalists to write all kinds of disgusting stories about Fairfax and the CEO. All of this could be proven in court, and what did the justice system do? Well, they said that although trying to destroy a person is a nasty thing, it is not illegal, and that Cohen was innocent. Ha!
And to finalize, let me copy one paragraph that says everything of how this world and particularly this government works: This is what the government says when asked about the financial crisis caused by bank CEOs who stole the money of their clients: "Yes, bad things happened, but none of those bad things were crimes. Greed isn't illegal. Making too much money isn't illegal. Nothing to see here, move along"...more
Interesting little book that says nothing new about addiction or the road to recovery, but still has something to say about some personal histories anInteresting little book that says nothing new about addiction or the road to recovery, but still has something to say about some personal histories and good advice....more
I loved this novel about a school teacher whose students start to die of a polio epidemics. It is powerful, masterfully written, entertaining, and itI loved this novel about a school teacher whose students start to die of a polio epidemics. It is powerful, masterfully written, entertaining, and it has so many good parts that move the heart, that I can't begin to express the reasons why everyone should read it. I really loved it!...more